Black novelists and fiction writers you should read

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

has written three award-winning novels, “Purple Hibiscus,” “Half of a Yellow Sun” and “Americanah"

The Nigerian author is also a well-known lecturer whose TEDGlobal talk, “The Danger of a Single Story,” from 2009 has more than 22 million views.

James Baldwin

The late writer, poet and activist’s novels and short stories reflect social issues and sexuality.

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His best-known include 1956’s “Giovanni’s Room,” about a young American man who has an affair with an Italian man named Giovanni, and 1974’s “If Beale Street Could Talk,” a love story set in Harlem during the 1970s, which was adapted into a feature film in 2018.

Natalie Baszile

Queen Sugar was adapted as a series by Ava DuVernay for OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s television network, in 2016.

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It also made the USA TODAY Best-Selling Books list. The novel tells the story of Charley Bordelon, a woman who moves to Louisiana when she unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm.

Connie Briscoe

Briscoe became a best-selling author with the publication of her first novel, 1994's “Sisters and Lovers”

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Briscoe became a best-selling author with the publication of her first novel, 1994's “Sisters and Lovers,” about three sisters living just outside Washington, D.C., wishing their life was different.

Her other well-known titles include “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “P.G. County,” “Sisters and Husbands” and “Money Can’t Buy Love.”

Bebe Moore Campbell

From the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, the late author made herself at home on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list.


Her first novels, "Your Blues Ain't Like Mine,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Singing in the Comeback Choir” and “What You Owe Me,” all appeared on the list.

She was a well-known advocate for people with mental illness, and her last novel, “72 Hour Hold,” depicted a woman’s struggles in finding treatment for her daughter’s bipolar disorder.

David Chariandy

The Canadian author's first novel, "Soucouyant" was nominated and won myriad awards.


His follow-up, 2017's "Brother," the story of two brothers raised by an immigrant mother, won the Toronto Book Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

Alyssa Cole

Her works span from historical and science fiction to romance novels featuring LGBTQ relationships.


Her latest work, September's “When No One Is Watching,” is a thriller where a Brooklyn neighborhood’s revitalization turns out to be deadly.

Abi Daré

Her debut novel,“The Girl With the Louding Voice, has made an impression with critics and readers.


aabout a teenager trapped in a life of servitude.

The novel was chosen as a February pick for Jenna Bush Hager’s Read With Jenna club and was chosen by Amazon Editors as one of the best books of the year so far.

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